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Toby Alderweireld says thanks to Southampton after controversial Spurs move

Image: Toby Alderweireld signed for Tottenham on Wednesday

Toby Alderweireld has offered his thanks to Southampton despite their animosity over his decision to join Tottenham on a permanent deal.

The 26-year-old Belgium international defender joined Spurs this week despite the Saints already having a deal in place to sign him as part of last-season’s loan.

The south coast club are currently considering legal action against Atletico for failing to honour their agreement but Alderweireld says the lure of a new challenge with Belgium team-mates Jan Vertonghen and Nacer Chadli at White Hart Lane was too attractive to turn down.

"I understand that there is some disappointment,” he said. “I have sent a text message to Ronald and thanked him for a great year.

“He gave me a lot of confidence and made me a better footballer. Thanks to Southampton I am able to be on the map again after a difficult year at Atletico.

“I gave 100 per cent for Southampton and wish everyone luck for next season, but I have always been closely following Tottenham. It’s always been a dream to play for a very big club this size and now it’s come true. I’m very proud.

Toby Alderweireld: Spent last season at Southampton
Image: Alderweireld had been expected to join Southampton after a successful loan spell

“I got the impression that Spurs would like my help. Their stats were the reason why the club wanted to reinforce defensively. It’s good that I have a year of experience playing in the Premier League.

“But also I joined because there are so many Belgians. It will be fun to be with them every day on the training ground.

“Playing centre-back, right-back or in midfield, I will always give my all for this club. I’m looking forward to showing myself for the fans.”

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